DAVID BIANCULLI

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2012
Jan
17
 
 
HBO really turned on the star power Friday at press tour...The biggest draw was the dynamic duo of Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. The two headline Luck, a nine-episode drama about gambling and horse racing, set at a racetrack and debuting on HBO Jan. 29...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
17
 
 
If making a fake documentary about a 3-foot-9-inch actor seems like another taboo-breaker, good, says Gervais. "No harm can come of taboo subjects," he says. "When people say it is sort of outrageous or sick or pushing the boundaries, I don't see that it is. I think some people confuse the target of a joke with the subject of a joke..."
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
13
 
 
If it ain't 2 Broke Girls, don't fix it. That seemed to be Michael Patrick King's take away from Wednesday's surprisingly combative CBS press tour session. The Sex and the City creator's hit show was hammered over what some critics see as the depiction of ethnic stereotypes. Hitfix critic Alan Sepinwall, who challenged King during the session and got all but horsewhipped for it, has his detailed take on the brouhaha here...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
12
 
 
Maybe it had something to do with the connection to his father, but encountering Charlie Sheen at press tour was almost like coming face to face with Kurtz in Apocalypse Now...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
6
 
 
PASADENA, Calif. -- What did NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt tell critics attending TCA Friday morning? The first network executive session of the Television Critics Association tour will be hard to top for candor. Greenblatt actually answers questions...And, as usual, a few of the best goodies came in the post-session scrum...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jan
6
 
 
At first, I was kinda bummed my flight to Pasadena to attend the January 2012 Television Critics Association press tour would detour through the San Francisco airport, a necessary stopover in order to cash in some Aeroplan points. Mmmm -- points. Then I happened upon a treasure trove of television history. Truly, every journalist traveling to TCA should be routed back through SFO...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post